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What Is Infusion Therapy?

Intravenous (IV) infusion therapy is a safe and powerful treatment modality that provides intravenous (into the vein) administration of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants into the bloodstream.

Under healthy conditions, nutrients are absorbed into the bloodstream and reach cells following the digestive process in the GI system. If your digestive or immune system is not functioning properly, as can occur with many medical conditions, it can become more difficult for the cells throughout the body to obtain the nutrients they need to maintain optimal health.

What are the Benefits of IV Therapy?

Intravenous injection allows your body to quickly achieve blood concentrations of nutrients that are unobtainable through oral or even intramuscular injections. Many people with chronic conditions have impaired gut function (leaky gut) and possible digestion issues that prevent them from absorbing adequate amounts of these nutrients. Given intravenously, the body is able to quickly utilize the nutrients for immediate improvement in the function of the cells.

IV nutrition therapy has been safely used for decades to treat patients with chronic health conditions including chronic fatigue, depression, cardiovascular problems, migraines, and fibromyalgia. Healthy individuals also utilize IV therapy to help enhance their overall health, boost energy levels, improve mood, and prevent illness.

What kinds of IV infusions are there?

There are many many kinds. Here are some of them. We do NOT provide all of these treatments but it can give you an idea of the extent that IV may help patients.

Numerous IV infusions are available and the combination of nutrient infusions can be tailored to address your specific health care needs. Dr. Ruan and his team can create a targeted IV nutrition protocol that will provide the precise nutrients required to help your body naturally heal from within using specialized micronutrient testing. Rather than getting a superficial glimpse at the vitamins and minerals that are in the bloodstream, this test takes a deeper look inside the cells to get a more accurate picture of how your body is using the nutrients. By identifying and treating the true deficiencies, we can optimize your health more effectively and efficiently.

The next few sections describes the more common IV nutrition protocols offered at the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine. However, our aim is to personalize the infusion to the needs of the individual using the micronutrient testing as a guide. Therefore, the following list is merely a sample of what we offer.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is beneficial in many different ways. A few of the benefits are that it increases collagen production (which is important to maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, and skin), aides in the absorption of iron when taken orally, helps with cholesterol control, helps improve adrenal gland function which leads to improved energy, and can shorten the duration of viral illnesses.

So why give it in an IV?

Under normal conditions, your GI system can only absorb and use a limited amount of vitamin C per day. The rest escapes through the urine. The IV route bypasses the GI tract, enabling the body to take in the higher doses necessary to help fight certain problems such as fatigue, infections, and even cancer (when used in conjunction with cancer therapies) effectively.

IV vitamin C has been shown to help boost the immune system, combat free radicals, improve the appearance of skin, strengthen cardiovascular health, and even actively help the body fight off viral infections such as the flu or the common cold.

Laboratory studies have shown that higher doses turn IV vitamin C into a pro-oxidant which may be able to slow the growth of cancerous cells (prostate, pancreatic, liver, colon, etc.). This protocol can be used in conjunction with traditional treatment like chemotherapy and radiation. Some studies have also shown that concurrent IV vitamin C infusions at these doses can make chemotherapy more effective and help improve treatment related side effects. However, each person can have different effects with this treatment. Furthermore, the levels of some classes of chemotherapeutic medications can be affected as well.

Glutathione IV Therapy

Glutathione is your body's master antioxidant and is found in high concentrations in the brain and liver. It plays a critical role in the body's detoxification process, ridding the body of toxins and free radicals. Glutathione also activates the immune system, plays a role in DNA synthesis, and helps control inflammation levels.

Glutathione is particularly useful for conditions associated with aging. Natural aging leads to a depletion of this important detoxifying agent. Glutathione infusions can provide vital support for individuals with:

Alzheimer's disease and general memory issues
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Cardiovascular concerns such as atherosclerosis and type 2 diabetes
HIV / AIDS or weakened immune systems
Liver cirrhosis or nonalcoholic live disease

Many people with chronic diseases are depleted of this important antioxidant. There is no outside food source for glutathione, we rely solely on the body to produce it. When you have chronic inflammation, which is the main underlying cause of most chronic diseases, you use more glutathione than your body can make. This causes a supply and demand issue. IV glutathione infusions can quickly help you get your stores back up to a functional level and improve your health.

Myers' Cocktail Infusion

The Myers' Cocktail--pioneered by John Myers, MD--is a nutrient-boosting solution that includes a combination of magnesium, B vitamins, and vitamin C. The Myer's Cocktail has been used since the 1970s to address a wide range of conditions, including:

Chronic fatigue
Asthma and allergies
Autoimmune conditions
Malabsorption issues

Myers’ cocktail infusion can also be used in healthy patients to help boosts one’s mental and physical health and increase energy levels. B vitamins are key factors in regulating healthy nerve and brain function. It is this direct effect on the nervous system that makes this cocktail useful for irritability, depression, anxiety, and stress management.

Chelation Therapy

Let’s face it, our environment is toxic. We encounter toxic metals on a daily basis, and over time they accumulate and are stored in the tissues and fat cells. This can cause problems with almost every system in the body, namely, issues with the nervous system, immune system, cardiovascular system, and hormone regulation. Potential troublesome metals include mercury, lead, aluminum, and arsenic.

The most common symptoms that suggest a high heavy metal burden are chronic fatigue, “brain fog” or difficulty concentrating, any autoimmune condition, and issues with depression or anxiety.

Chelation is a process by which toxic heavy metals can be removed from the blood. The chelator agent is chosen based on the offending metal. Intravenous DMPS or EDTA is given with a provocation test before and after that measures heavy metal burden in the urine. It is difficult to know the exact degree of toxicity in the body, and by doing this test you can get an idea of long term exposure as well as monitor response to therapy with repeated doses.

This is a relatively safe therapy with many benefits. Studies on chelation therapy with EDTA specifically are showing improvements in heart disease related to decreased plaque formation inside the arteries, decreased inflammation, and improved cholesterol control. Chelation therapy can also reduce damage caused by free radicals, reduce long-term effects from radiation therapy, decrease pain and overall inflammation, and improve cognitive functioning.

When you receive IV therapy, an IV line with a very small needle is placed into either your hand or arm. The treatment may last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the protocol that is recommended. The IV drip is virtually painless, and once it is in, you can sit back and relax until the infusion is completed. Most people leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and enjoy the benefits for some time after treatment. Depending upon your unique health needs, Dr. Ruan will recommend future IV therapy sessions. Some vitamin infusions require multiple treatments to feel the full benefits, this can be directly related to how depleted you are.

 we are committed to helping you feel your best. Whether you struggle with a specific health concern or seek to protect your overall health and wellness, intravenous therapies are a powerful, natural remedy to add to your arsenal of treatment options.

If you are interested in IV therapy, call (713) 690-1991, email, or contact us online today!
Or you can email our practice

Infusion Therapy

What does IV Therapy stand for? 

It is short for Intravenous infusion Therapy. 

What is parenteral Therapy?

Parenteral therapy refers to placing medication in the veins. It is a synonym for IV therapy.

​Why have IV infusion at your dental visit?

For several reasons.

1. There is the most common one and that is for safe comfortable pleasant tranquil "short and unmemorable" experience in what would be an otherwise very stressful unpleasant treatment.

  There is however Infusion Therapy for other reasons. And the Star Advanced Infusion Dentistry is most convenient for such treatment.

Because most patients see the dentist more often than their MD. The Dentist is the first to see problems that patient may not be aware of.  The dentist is the first doctor to establish a preventive health plan for patients.

Most patients problems start with their mouth. Dentists are taught to be Oral Physicians. If it were just drilling cavities then half of their education is wasted and the patient is  paying way too much for dental care alone.

(Really you can get blood work and screenings done at the dental office periodically and save you a trip to an expensive concierge MD center. But that is not what we are discussing here.)

2. IV Fluids & medications improve the quality of your visit and post operative recovery. 3.  It helps improve your over all life style and energy. And without the need for Sedation or narcotics. 

4. What makes Infusion Therapy more practical in our office for our patients is it eliminates the need to have a companion supervise you as well and the feeling you. 5. And you can have something useful done like a teeth cleaning or filling  or teeth whitening instead of just sitting around watching TV. Save TV for the evening. And again you do not have to have a companion come with you to keep an eye on your IV. We do it for you.

6. We monitor the infusion for you and you can have dental therapy done at the same time. For example when you come to have your teeth cleaned you can have an anti- oxidant infusion or IV vitamin therapy and re hydration and more.

If you are planning to have IV sedation for your dental treatment you can also have Meyer's cocktail which is an energy booster and anti oxidant to help make you feel even better as you recover from surgery. 

6. There are three different treatment that Dr. Starkey and his Staff can provide with IV Therapy:

  1.  IV Sedation so patient's have a tranquil calm enjoyable visit while being treated.
  2. IV to infuse the adjunctive medications that help the patient during and after a dental surgery procedure but without the sedation that some patients do not need nor want because they have to drive.
  3. IV to help patients feel better and to help their body and mind work better. We can infuse vitamins, concentrated stem cells, chelating therapy medications to get rid of toxins, and we can infuse anti oxidants to improve your body's immune system. This can be done while we are doing oral treatment such as cleaning your teeth or fillings or about anything.

IV therapy as you know is short for intravenous therapy; it is also known as parenteral therapy.

What are the specific benefits of Infusion therapy at the time of your dental treatment?

  1. You feel better after the visit than if you did not have infusion therapy.
  2. Patients having teeth extracted, wisdom teeth removed, teeth surgically removed will have swelling. The swelling causes additional pain and  for patients that need to look presentable at work it is disturbing for them to be seen like they were mugged. By Dr. Starkey using an anti- swelling medication in IV at time of surgery the patient has less swelling problems.
  3. An IV allows patient hydration which helps prevent headaches, fatigue, and reduces emergency risk. Dehydration is one of the main contributions to a medical emergency.
  4. For patients with certain medical problems such as diabetes that need sugar and hydration controlled.
  5. For older patients that need supplemental oxygen, close monitoring, and IV fluids.
  6. For patients that want to have IV vitamins for a added help in healing or just to feel better.
  7. To prevent nausea that some patients experience after extractions.
  8. To provide the patient with IV antibiotics so that the body gets faster uptake of medication.
  9. Increased safety of the patient. If there is an emergency an IV line is already in place. If there is a need to administer medications to maintain appropriate blood pressure and pulse and oxygen and carbon dioxide  exchange.

For more information about infusion therapy:

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